Obesity in cats is a serious condition.  Chronic obesity can lead to other medical conditions such as hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease), diabetes, skin conditions secondary to under-grooming, arthritis and urinary tract disorders.  The main cause of obesity is over-feeding and lack of activity.

To diagnose obesity your cat should be examined by a veterinarian to record exact weight and have blood tests performed.  It is vital that normal thyroid hormone levels are present and no metabolic dysfunction is noted.  Once any underlying issues are ruled out, you and your veterinarian can discuss a weight reduction plan that fits your cat’s needs.